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Remembering Philip Roth, prolific American writer

Clip: 05/23/2018 | 10m 8s

Philip Roth died Tuesday at age 85. His 1969 novel "Portnoy's Complaint" rocketed him to fame for its raunchy tour of a teenage boy's lustful urges and ensuing guilt. He later focused more deeply on Jewish life, mortality and American history, setting many novels in Newark, New Jersey. We revisit an interview with Roth then William Brangham talks with Max Rudin of Library of America.

Aired: 05/23/18

Rating: NR

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